Wed, Jan 24, 2018
Wed, Jan 31, 2018
This lecture discusses the Soviet nonconformist art movement of the 1960s–80s. This movement encompassed a wide range of artists who, although employing a broad range of styles and practices, were united on several fronts: their rejection of the state-prescribed patriotic style of Socialist Realism and their search for alternative means of artistic self-expression. Soviet authorities regarded any deviation from the norms of Socialist Realism as an act of outright political defiance. Exploring the work of some major figures of the nonconformist movement, the lecture also focuses on socio-political context of the three decades in which this unofficial art flourished, beginning with Khrushchev’s cultural thaw in 1956 and concluding with Gorbachev’s introduction of glasnost (openness) in 1986.
Thu, Mar 1, 2018
Now in its third year, Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by bringing to campus distinguished authors and editors to share and discuss the pleasures and challenges of verbal expression—from fiction and nonfiction to poetry and spoken-word performance.
Organized by CHI, The Common literary magazine and The Emily Dickinson Museum, this year’s festival features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, 2017 National Book Award finalists Carmen Maria Machado and Min Jin Lee, and 2017 National Book Award winner and Amherst professor Masha Gessen, among others. All events are free and open to the public, no tickets required.
Visit www.amherst.edu/go/litfest to see the LitFest 2018 festival schedule and biographies of each guest.